Triple-S products helped Cypress community garden survive and thrive during summer of 2023

The St. John Lutheran Church Community Garden celebrated another bountiful harvest in 2023 thanks to a strong foundation of Triple-S Compost high-performance landscaping products. The garden yielded more than 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables in its second year, once again benefitting northwest Houston food bank Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM).

CommunityGardenSJLC.jpgMark Froehlich, a garden organizer and church elder, said the plentiful provision can be attributed in part to the garden’s healthy foundation of Triple-S Compost-donated soils and compost. Triple-S donated and delivered three semi-truckloads of organic, high-performance compost in 2021 to establish the 14 original garden boxes and plantings.

“Building our community garden with this quality of high-performance, organic soils and composts helped us to not only fast-track the early stages of the garden’s development but also exceed all expectations in the continued health of our plantings,” Froehlich said. “It’s worth noting that even during the record-setting summer of 2023, with triple-digit temperatures and watering restrictions, our garden continued to produce. Our volunteers were busy all summer, even in the relentless heat.”

Triple-S Compost’s Jonathan Holub said that’s because the most beneficial attributes of all-organic recycled compost are better moisture protection, attraction of beneficial organisms, and reduced need for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. “All of these natural qualities help gardens withstand extreme conditions like droughts or temperature extremes like we’ve had in Houston recently,” Holub said. 

Froehlich said organizers plan to spend the winter months supplementing the current boxes with additional soil and mulch to prepare for new plantings in January and February. “With Houston’s longer gardening season, we’re planning tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, eggplant and celery in spring with later summer and fall producing spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, chard, peas and beans.” he said. 

“Triple-S couldn’t be prouder to be associated with this incredible success story in Cypress,” Holub added. “It’s a testament to our belief in giving back and working together to make a difference, one project at a time.”

Cypress Assistance Ministries food pantry is the main benefactor of the garden’s bounty of vegetables and even fresh herbs. CAM’s food pantry is open six days a week to accept donations from area congregations, community gardens, schools, scout troops, civic organizations and individuals, allowing families and individuals in need to attend “shopping hours” after meeting with a client services counselor. 

“St. John has partnered with CAM for many years to provide nonperishable pantry items and clothing donations, but the ability to provide thousands of pounds of fresh, healthy, locally sourced food gives us new avenues to reach out to our neighbors in Cypress and surrounding communities,” said Rev. Mark Wuggazer, St. John’s senior pastor. “We are ever thankful for the generous support from companies like Triple-S Compost and GFL Environmental for partnering with us to share with our neighbors in need.”

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